Sunday, January 8, 2012

THE AMERICAN PRIZE: A Competition LIKE NO OTHER and a unique career builder

You have recordings. We want to hear them.


The American Prize is unique—the only national, nonprofit competitions in the performing arts based solely on the evaluation of commercial and noncommercial CDs and DVDs of performing artists.
  • No live competition.
  • No age limits.
  • Few repertoire restrictions.
  • 1 page application form.
  • Multiple divisions for professional, college/university, community, high school musicians.
Complete information, application forms, biographies of judges and winners:

2012 Competitions:
  • National: Pianists (solo, concerto)
  • National: Classical Vocalists (opera/operetta, art song) 
  • Chicago Opera Award (additional opportunity)
  • National: Composers (choral music, orchestral music)
Postmark Deadline Monday, January 23, 2012
Automatic two-week extensions to February 6, 2012 for those who just heard of the competitions and need more time to complete applications.

Winners of The American Prize receive:
  • cash awards
  • award certificates (to all semi-finalists, finalists and winners)
  • unbiased written evaluations from our national panel of distinguished judges (to all contestants who place as a finalist or higher)
but more important, laureates of The American Prize derive local, regional and national recognition to help them generate opportunities, build audiences and sustain careers.

In a world where the performing arts are more marginalized than ever before and media coverage harder than ever to get, The American Prize provides its contestants with the visibility and recognition they need to stand out from the rest.

  • 1-page application form.
  • Send bio and photo by email.
  • Send CD, DVD or VHS tape by mail. 
  • All applications are acknowledged upon receipt.
You need not prepare a special tape for The American Prize. A previous recording, whether of a concert made in front of an audience or one created in a recording session without an audience, is perfectly acceptable. Neither the location nor the repertoire of any qualified individual limits eligibility, provided the general guidelines have been met. Excellence within categories is the primary criteria for the selection of finalists and winners.

Since 2010, more than $7500 in prize money has been distributed to winners.

Other 2012 Competitions:
  • Orchestras
  • Choruses
  • Bands/Wind Ensembles
  • Opera and Musical Theater companies
  • Conductors
Postmark Deadline Thursday, March 15, 2012


  • No live competition. Contestants are judged solely through their recorded performances.
  • No age limits.
  • Separate categories for professional, college/university, community and high school musicians.
  • Few repertoire restrictions.
  • Written evaluations provided to all finalists, runners-up and winners from our distinguished panel of judges.
  • Personal communication and published timelines for the announcement of semi-finalists, finalists and winners.
  • Minimal application fee.
Complete information:

For the most up-to-date information, including questions and answers from contestants, please visit THE AMERICAN PRIZE HEADLINE NEWS.

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